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#354931 Can't Seem To Accelerate Past 90Mph

Posted by BigD on 19 April 2014 - 11:05 AM

I'm passing a ford garage today you think it's worth taking it in and seeing what they say?
No.  Ford garages employ idiots.


Take it somewhere else.

#354930 Forgive Me Focers For I Have Sinned!

Posted by BigD on 19 April 2014 - 11:03 AM

FFS, changing a wheel should be part of the driving test (or at least, knowing where the spare one is).

#354821 Mondeo Tdi 2005

Posted by BigD on 18 April 2014 - 08:46 PM

What color smoke?

#354337 What Causes Uneven Tyre Wear?

Posted by BigD on 16 April 2014 - 08:34 PM

Lincolnshire's roads are very much the "right circumstances".  Starting to think I should ditch the Mondeo and get a Land Rover or something a bit more used to the terrain.

#354107 Evans Halshaw Guarantee :(

Posted by BigD on 15 April 2014 - 09:28 PM

I wouldn't buy anything from Evans Halshaw again.  Got my Mondeo from there two years ago.  Two weeks later, discovered the drivers side of the heated screen didn't work.  Took it back and they looked at it and found the wiring was corroded.  They then told me they wouldn't fix it and I would have to go thru my insurance.  When I pointed out that insurance would not cover it as the screen was structurally OK, they promptly suggested I get around that by chucking a brick through it.  :blink:


After I raised strong objections to committing insurance fraud, they then offered to pay the £75 excess if I did it.  They only relented when I asked for my money back (I'd paid cash in full).


And that's to say nothing of the dead radiator fan, knackered rear brake, corroded crankshaft pulley and a bunch of other stuff I missed pre-sale.


Never again.

#353015 Negative Battery Terminal

Posted by BigD on 12 April 2014 - 12:10 PM

The other night I disconnected my battery, then reconnected it a short time later. It turned out I removed the positive cable by accident because it sparked a little when I put it back on.

The negative cable appears to be hidden on the other side of the battery underneath the plastic cowl thingy, so how the hell do you remove it without removing the battery?

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Just so you know, you will get this even when reattaching the negative terminal if something in the car is drawing power (like the interior lights, for instance, if you've left one of the doors open).


That aside, I often think that with the way these cars are 'designed', Ford must employ Homer Simpson.  Some of the issues you encounter when working on them are just laughable and it boggles the mind that somebody in that position could ever design a car in such a stupid manner.

#351296 Focus Y Reg Fuse Box Location

Posted by BigD on 06 April 2014 - 11:31 AM

It's behind the glovebox, and the ticking noise will be a relay opening/closing.


Empty the glovebox, then close it up.  Look underneath and you'll find three screws.  Take them all out, then open the glovebox, push the sides inwards and the whole thing will come out.


(You don't HAVE to remove it fully, you can just drop it down without taking the screws out, but for the 60 seconds it takes to do it, you'll get much better access).


Oh, there's an engine bay fusebox too.  If memory serves it's right at the back corner of the engine bay, on the passenger side and nearest the windscreen.


What problem are you having?  What are you hoping to find in there?

#350179 It's Ok, It'll Buff Out.....

Posted by BigD on 02 April 2014 - 09:33 PM

YOU B'SATARD youve cause £3.75 damage to my mazda.HOW VERY DARE YOU.

Improvements, mate.  £3.75 of IMPROVEMENTS.

#350068 Why Bikers Have A Bad Reputation

Posted by BigD on 02 April 2014 - 04:08 PM

It's largely because of people like this:




Apparently he was so much of an idiot, that the solid white lines, "SLOW" painted on the road, and the chevrons at the bend, failed to make any impression on the level of speed he chose to do, almost hitting a car head-on in the process.

#349761 It's Ok, It'll Buff Out.....

Posted by BigD on 01 April 2014 - 03:23 PM

Serves him right.  Complete "showing off" fail.

#349253 Speed Cameras, Some People Deserve A Ticket

Posted by BigD on 31 March 2014 - 01:11 PM

..and I bet you anything when the summons comes through, they'll be posting on their favourite motoring forum complaining about how hard-done-by they are and asking how to get out of paying the fine.  :rolleyes:

#345343 Fan Failure (Continued)

Posted by BigD on 20 March 2014 - 09:59 PM

You said you didn't get any sign of life from the output on the control module, but I'd urge you to recheck this.  When I did mine I noted that there was a signal coming through but only briefly every 30 seconds or so, and only one one of the pins but I can't remember which one.  I don't know the ins and outs of how the system works but the upshot is, that was on a working control module.


And yep, James is correct - I know the fan on my mondeo quite intimately, as I'm on my 4th one in two years.  Got sick of the crappy Ford ones and have a 14" universal fan in there now.  Required a few of the mounts sawing off to get it into the fan chassis (held on with zip ties), and a little light soldering to attach the old fan plug to the bare wires of the new fan, but it works like a charm, and a hell of a lot better than paying Ford nigh on £200 for a new bespoke unit, which only does the same job.

#345125 Rust

Posted by BigD on 20 March 2014 - 03:48 PM

It's not just Fiestas - every Ford has been notorious for rusty arches.


I did the arches on my Focus (and my Escort, and Fiesta) and never used any kind of degreaser.  All I did was rub it down, get a bit lairy with the Kurust, then filler, sand, prime, paint, topcoat.


The problem is the 'lip' at the edge of the wheel arch - it fills up with dirt, which gets/stays wet, and causes rust to eat through from the inside - not helped by the stupid carpet wheel-arch liners used on a lot of Ford which serve little purpose other than to hold even more moisture.  If you have rust on the outside then it will almost certainly come back at some point.  All you can really do (short of replacing the whole panel) is repair it as best you can, then treat the inner wheelarch with Waxoyl to repel water.

#344697 A/c Auto On

Posted by BigD on 19 March 2014 - 11:29 AM

I had a Vauxhall prior to this and you couldn't really hear it.
It was probably broken.  :P 


(sorry, couldn't help myself)  :lol: 

#343070 Horrible Start To A Weekend

Posted by BigD on 15 March 2014 - 11:33 AM

I had similar happen to me years back when I had my Focus (only I wasn't doing 75 at the time).  The tyres were the ones that came with the 17" alloys I put on at the same time.  Came out to the car to find the O/S front tyre flat, with a visible split running most of the way around as if the tyre had completely delaminated itself.  Put the spare on and drove home.  The next day I noticed the N/S rear was down, and that had the exact same problem.


They'd only been on the car for a month.


I took them both back to the place they came from and it took me almost three months to get a refund, and even then they bullcrapped their way out of the full amount by claiming one tyre had 80% tread, and 75% on the other.  In a month?  Really?!  I was only doing about 100 miles a week.


Anyway, they'd got the tyres so I couldn't argue.  Didn't trust the remaining two tyres so ended up buying another full set from somewhere else.